E3 '07: World in Conflict Impressions

Sierra and Massive show off the DirectX 10 graphics, as well as someone who sounds a lot like Alec Baldwin.

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The biggest news for World in Conflict doesn't involve the E3 Business and Media Summit going on in Santa Monica right now. Instead, Sierra and developer Massive Entertainment released an open beta test for the game this week, allowing thousands of players to try out and test the multiplayer gameplay for this anticipated strategy game about World War III. So you don't need to be at E3 to check out World in Conflict for yourself.

What Sierra did show off was the upcoming DirectX 10 version of the game. World in Conflict will ship with support for DirectX 9 and DX10, and while the DX9 renderer looks incredible, Sierra and Massive tell us that the DX10 will offer a lot of subtle effects. For instance, soft particles mean that you'll actually see smoke that acts like smoke. Imagine a tank burning and sending a plume of smoke into the sky. In DX9, if a helicopter flies through the smoke it doesn't affect the plume. But in DX10, the smoke plume is scattered by the wash of the rotor blades.

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Then there are volumetric shadows, which allow for realistic clouds and shadows. The shadows cast by clouds interact with the ground in a lifelike way. A corollary to volumetric shadows is volumetric light, which allows for what are called "god rays" as sunlight peers through the gaps in the clouds. It's an effect that you see in real life every now and then that catches your eye.

Perhaps the biggest reveal was when we watched the opening cinematic cutscene for the game, which explains how the Soviet Union invades the United States in this alternate history of the Cold War. The Red Army uses guile to invade Seattle in the opening moves of the invasion. While we knew that already, it's always nice to hear it explained by the soothing voice of Alec Baldwin. At least, it really sounded like Alec Baldwin. Sierra representatives just smiled and said that nothing of the sort has been announced yet, but considering that Sierra's parent company is the entertainment giant Vivendi Universal, it's safe to assume that Baldwin is on board.

That's about for World in Conflict. Like we said, if you're interested in the game, go ahead and get on the public beta and start having fun. World in Conflict ships in September for the PC and a later date for the Xbox 360.

Discussion

30 comments
aringarosa101
aringarosa101

fuchuzz seems like one of those jaded gamers who hates everything.

kittykiller897
kittykiller897

I agree with Vangaurdius, why does it matter how original it is? I played the beta and everything works very smoothly and the game play was fun no matter how many times i played it, because rts games have so many possibilities. I cant wait for Tom Clancy's endwar, but thts not due until next year.

Vangaurdius
Vangaurdius

Played the beta and this is a great game. Though not original because that 99% of the reinforcement system was taken from ground control which was an awsome game but who cares really, it was a good system and they made it better by instead of having predefined dropzones that you had to fight over they set up drop zones where ever you want which was a cool idea. The graphics look great even on a low end system like mine that is over 3 years old. Also, fuchuzz what are you talking about, every C&C game is awsome, your just a fanboy of CoH which was a good game though there was just something that I couldn't place my finger on that made me not want to come back and play it again. Anyways I am going to get this game for both my 360 and my computer. 360=graphics and gameplay PC=mods and gameplay. I think it was a cool idea planning a release for the 360. I think they should what Shadowrun did with cross-platform gaming, but don't do such a lousy job of it. But also don't make it so you need Vista to do that, which is possible.

fuchuzz
fuchuzz

i played this beta and to tell you the truth i hate this game. the graphics suck to begain with, no mader what i did with the settings the graphics sucked, i hate the know buildings thing its really stupid that all of your troops are dropped in. also the point system is really anyoying. i would much rather play CoH. the team balances are way to balanced and everything is the same nomader which team your on, this game really isnt that good, its beter than most C&C games though.

DarkRecruit
DarkRecruit

After playing the beta, I CANT WAIT TO ****ING GET THIS GAME!!!!!

ant10000
ant10000

Unreal_007 this game is very original if you attualy got off your butt and played the open beta you would know that. No bases but renforcement points, no destroying all enemy forces but instead taking over strategic points. On top of that you have over 20 different tactical aids which both sides can use and the best looking smoothest online play i have seen for a very long time. I myself think its pretty original.

stewiegriffin20
stewiegriffin20

jediclone, generals was a great game, a classic, but i guess people at your level of intelligence wont understand that, I still play that game, 455-24-4, but back on topic, this game is starting to look better and better, but i dont know if you can keep the fast pace up with a controller, i know that you can do it with a keyboard and mouse, with hot keys, but i dont know with a controller, take for example C&C, PLEASE PLEASE ENABLE KEYBOARD, mouse would even better but a keyboard would be awesome

icytower
icytower

PC games are not really my favorite way to play games.

msudude211
msudude211

Hopefully not another Hour of Victory...

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

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jediclone66
jediclone66

finally a modern day rts that does not f***ing suck like generals

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

I participated in the beta and I really want to play more!

Unreal_007
Unreal_007

jesus_knight "i really like the concpet behind this game and i am sure its gonna be something original" yea rts that is certainly an original genre,no ones been there before

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

yes..gonna get this one after seeing that stage demo and played the beta

mach-stem
mach-stem

glassedsoul Alec Baldwin?!?! He's the greatest actor of all time! hehehe so true, and he's also part of F A G (Film Actors' Guild)

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

i really like the concpet behind this game and i am sure its gonna be something original

Pete5506
Pete5506

This is a kick butt game, can't wait to have it

Ashkanhoss29
Ashkanhoss29

seems like this game and crysis are what will make me upgrade to vista and a new graphics card for the DX10. Some of the effects are too good on DX10 to not experiance.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Looking really forward to this one. Alternate realities are great. I hope it is accessible as they say because my computer isn't that great.

maa4208
maa4208

I've played the Closed Alpha, the Closed Beta, and now, the Open Beta, and I have to say that this game is so much fun. It's a big time killer. :P I'm really looking forward to what the single player is like.

marlonsm
marlonsm

i'm downloading, can't wait.... but there are two problems for me: 1-my 8600gt isn't here yet, i'm with a borrowed 6200 2-my net connection is too slow, i'll just finish downloading it tomorow afternoon/night

ShadowMountain
ShadowMountain

This game looks so awesome. Too bad I don't have a gaming pc, mine would die tryintg to play this. I can barely run Starcraft

vnhimself
vnhimself

Played the closed beta. This game is great!

glassedsoul
glassedsoul

Alec Baldwin?!?! He's the greatest actor of all time!